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Epidemiology of Bordetella Pertussis in San Luis PotosÍ, Mexico

Ochoa-Perez, Uciel R. MD*; Hernández-Sierra, Juan F. MD, MSc; Escalante-Padrón, Francisco J. MD, MSc; Contreras-Vidales, Soledad BS; Berman-Puente, Ana M. BS; Hernandez-Maldonado, Fernando MD§; Noyola, Daniel E. MD*

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: May 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 5 - p 540–542
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000205
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We analyzed data from 147 patients with suspected pertussis in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Bordetella pertussis was detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction in 59 (40.1%) cases. The incidence of B. pertussis infection was 2.3 per 100,000 population. There were 6 deaths among the study patients. We conclude that the impact of pertussis in our state is significantly higher than previously estimated.

From the *Departamento de Microbiología; Departamento de Epidemiología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí; Laboratorio Estatal de Salud Pública; and §Departamento de Vigilancia, Urgencias Epidemiológicas y Desastres, Servicios de Salud en el Estado de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, México.

Accepted for publication November 1, 2013.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Daniel E. Noyola, MD, Departamento de Microbiología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Avenida Venustiano Carranza #2405, Colonia los Filtros, 78210. San Luis Potosí, México. E-mail:

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